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Tag Archive | "radio encryption"

Wheeling Police Switch to New Encrypted Starcom21 Radio System for Police Radio Communications

Wheeling Police Department switched to an encrypted talkgroup on the Starcom21 radio system at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Previously Wheeling Police Department operated on a conventional system 800 MHz radio frequency with mobile and portable radios that could be monitored by radio scanners by media and all citizens. StarCom21 is a statewide public […]

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Computer Hacker or Hackers Attacked and Accessed Indianapolis 9-1-1 Center in December 2014

This week it was learned that computer hackers accessed the emergency 9-1-1 system in Indianapolis that dispatches all police, fire and EMS vehicles across Indianapolis. The attack started December 20, 2014 and lasted several days. The information about the attack was not made public until a speech Tuesday afternoon, January 20, 2015. “We haven’t said […]

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Ten Remarkable Talking Points on the 9-1-1 Calls Related to the Shooting of an Arlington Heights Police Officer

9-1-1 telephone audio of hostage incident when an Arlington Heights police officer was shot and critically injured and a female victim as held hostage by ex-boyfriend Eric Anderson. The shooting of an Arlington Heights police officer is not something any Arlington Heights residents would expect. Every police officer nationwide faces the chance that it could […]

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Arlington Heights Police and Other NW Suburbs Encrypting Police Communications; A Tale from Mobile, AL Too

Special Report: Radio Black Out (VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE). In Alabama, FOX10 News has learned that the Mobile Police Department is adding encryption to its police radio communications on all channels. New police digital communications equipment, required by Federal law, has an option to encrypt communications. Encryption is not required by law, but is left […]

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OP-ED: Crypto Cop vs. The Cardinal on Police Radio Encryption

On December 26, 2012, The Cardinal featured an OP-ED entitled Police Radio Encryption: Not Secure, A Transparency Failure, A Public Safety Nightmare. Yesterday, a reader posted a comment criticizing the article with some very good points about why police radios should be encrypted. The Cardinal’s position is that general law enforcement radio dispatch should NOT […]

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Police Radio Encryption: Not Secure, A Transparency Failure, A Public Safety Nightmare

Ask any security expert, and they’ll mention PRINCIPLE ONE: A security system is only as strong as it’s weakest link. Some police departments around the world are choosing to encrypt their radio communications. Some police departments deliberately keep their channels open, and some even provide a feed on the Internet and/or make the communications available […]

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